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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Reviving poetry with Noght Kite Revival

Kristi Kates - September 27th, 2010
Reviving Poetry with Night Kite Revival
By Kristi Kates
Night Kite Revival is most definitely not what Northern Michiganders
have come to expect from the Traverse City Opera House. And that’s not
a bad thing.
“They’re probably the most interesting performers we’ve had here,”
enthuses City Opera House General Manager Diana Barrie.
Entertaining audiences for over ten years, the trio--namely Derrick
Brown, Buddy Wakefield, and Anis Mojgani--have a number of
accomplishments among them. Brown has opened for indie bands like The
Flaming Lips and Cold War Kids, and Mojgani and Wakefield are both
two-time Individual National Poetry Slam Champions. Under the trio’s
new name--”Night Kite Revival” being an apt description for this
“verbal circus,” as they’re often described--they’ll be appearing at
the Opera House on October 5.

POETRY PERCEPTIONS
Poetry recitals or poetry slams often get a bad rap in general among
those looking for on-stage entertainment. But unlike the typical
incarnations of either of these events, Night Kite Revival’s three
talents, who have also appeared on HBO and The Tonight Show, combine
their skills and wit to intrigue their audiences and make them think
twice about the on-stage rapport.
“I was not a poetry fan before,” Barrie says, “but then I read one of
their books, and I now volunteer to help them with their performances.
Their poetry is political, thoughtful, humorous, and challenging,” she
continues. “It’s actually very different from the in-your-face, loud
experience that my perception of spoken-word poetry was before.”
The members of Night Kite Revival themselves also have a unique
perception of - well, pretty much everything around them. When asked a
few questions about the group, Brown’s answers are half humor, half
logic - a good insight to what you can expect at NKR’s performance.
On how they met, Brown says: “We all ended up at the gym at the same
time because of the Founders’ Day Jubilee,” he explains. “we tied the
burlap sack race. When Anis fell, he said ‘This hurts like an elephant
suffocating on Mars,’ and the rest is poetic history.”
Brown has a similar response when asked how the trio puts together
their live show.
“The way the theatre experience was crafted was through a public poll
involving 500 people, where we asked ‘what is boring about poetry?’
Then we got rid of 45% of what was boring. The other 50% is all from
our creative minds, and the remaining 5% is the boring again. You do
the math,” he concludes.

WHAT’S IN A NAME
As for the name that the trio settled on, Brown’s answer is slightly
more sober - well, after a recital of the zany names that they could
have chosen.
“Other possible titles for the show were: The Tree Lemons, Night
Moves, The 14 Musket Tears, New Jersey: The Traveling Road Show, and
Gary Boggle On Ice,” Brown says, “but then we realized that our souls
were as dark as a kite flying in the night, so maybe we should just do
that.”
A few additional names - aka special guests - will be joining Night
Kite Revival for their Traverse City show.
“They’ll also have (poetry slam performers) Robbie Q. and Mighty Mike
McGee with them,” Barrie says, “which makes this show a little
different from their other national shows.”
Said to be like “a rock concert, improv show, dance party, and poetry
reading all rolled into one,” NKR’s performances - which are more akin
to events or “happenings,” if you want to use a ’60s term -- are
well-regarded and often thought of as the pinnacle of what a
poetry-slam-meets-theater-experience can be.
From their appearances at the Austin Poetry Slam (“one of the
highlights of our year!”) to the Wordstock Literary Festival (“truly
phenomenal - the Revival is the real thing”), Night Kite Revival fills
the room with energy and - much like Barrie experienced - may indeed
change how you perceive today’s modern poetry.
You can definitely expect a few laughs, too - but be sure to have a
snack before you go.
“On stage and off - they’re hilarious,” Barrie says, “but remember -
it is strictly a B.Y.O.C. - bring your own churros-show,” Brown grins.

Night Kite Revival will be appearing at the Traverse City Opera House
on October 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at
www.cityoperahouse.org. Strong language and mature content may not be
appropriate for everyone.

 
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